Monday, 05 June 2017 00:00

ICYMI Monday | The Nourish People, Nourish the Planet Edition

ICYMI Monday is USC Canada's weekly roundup - not that kind - of food, agriculture and policy news from here at home and around the world.

Every Monday, we serve up a selection of the news that's fit to eat, with special attention to stories related to seeds, small-scale farmers, food sovereignty and agroecology. Got a suggestion? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

USC Canada - In case you missed it Monday - Photo: Pixabay/ mccright - Image of a market stall selling fruits including a whole row of peaches that spans from one side of the frame of the photo to the other, and grapes.

The Big Picture

In light of the flooding at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it is especially urgent for governments to accelerate the shift to diverse, ecological food systems. | Digital Journal

Nourishing people must go hand in hand with nurturing the planet, says the director-general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. | Inter Press Service

Changing the way we get our food is key in the fight against climate change. One way we can change is give municipalities more power to localize their food systems, says a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. | Horizons Magazine

Around the World

The conflict in Syria has decimated the country's agriculture. But organizations looking to help Syrians are going beyond "truck and chuck" humanitarian aid and are helping build the resilience of farmers and families through ag programs. | Thompson Reuters Foundation News

Here are eight ways food movements can create change in ways that could benefit everyone – in spite of a certain political situation south of the border. | Civil Eats

A grocery chain in South Africa is setting up hubs in rural areas to connect directly with small-scale farmers. | Business Live

In Canada

And here's some of our own big news... We're pleased to announce a generous $2-million donation from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in support of the most comprehensive nation-wide seed biodiversity program: The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. | USC Canada

Last week the federal government began consultations for the country's first ever national food policy. And Food Secure Canada has some big ideas they'd like to see included. You can weigh in on the process until July 27. | Food Secure Canada


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